Transport for London bosses have promised that action will be taken this year to tackle the gridlock at the Rotherhithe Tunnel roundabout.
At a recent meeting with Liberal Democrat councillors, TfL said it is looking at both short-term and longer-term solutions to stop the snarl-ups and promised action this year.
Local Liberal Democrat councillors also called for other measures to improve safety and traffic speeds:
electronic signs for drivers at both ends of Jamaica Road to highlight when the tunnel is closed or congested;
safer crossings at Bermondsey station and the entrance to Southwark Park;
action on rat-running around Cathay Street;
full consultation about the plans for the cycle superhighway along Jamaica Road;
improvements to the underpass by the Gregorian Arms pub.
Riverside ward Liberal Democrat councillor Anood Al-Samerai said:
“Fighting congestion on Jamaica Road is our long-running battle. We have made some progress with yellow boxes now installed at key junctions and measures to reduce rat-running to the north and south of Jamaica Road.
“It has always been clear though that the main cause of the problem is that traffic going into the Rotherhithe Tunnel blocks all the other vehicles.
“Liberal Democrat councillors are fighting residents’ corner. We need make sure we see improvements this year. Please sign our petition at www.southwark-libdems.org.uk/jamaica_road_traffic to keep up the pressure on TfL.”